Espresso Cup
Feb 2 - 4, 2024
Scratch Master Rules
1. The Scratch Masters competition, in conjunction with the Seattle Espresso Cup Tournament, is available to all participants for an additional entry fee based on Division as outlined below. Scratch Masters’ entry fee may be paid at the time of tournament entry or during registration (before the first ball rolled in competition). 100% of the entry fee will be returned to the prize fund for each division, less lineage. All scores will be scratch, no handicap.
2. The nine (9) game scratch totals from the tournament (Singles, Doubles, and Team) are used to determine the six (6) qualifiers and the one (1) alternate per division for competition. If a TIE exists for any of the six (6) qualifying spots, the bowler with the highest three (3) game scratch series will determine the seeded positions. Once the final ranking or position for the six games is determined, qualifying scores will not carry over. Scratch Masters Divisions and corresponding entry fees will be as follows:
Division A: Averages from 210 and above $40.00 entry
Division B: Averages from 190-209 $35.00 entry
Division C: Averages from 170-189 $35.00 entry
Division D: Averages from 150-169 $30.00 entry
Division E: Averages from 0-149 $30.00 entry
3. The scheduled competition will begin at 8:30am on Sunday, February 4, 2024.
4. Scratch Masters check-in time will be at 8:30am. If a bowler has not checked in by announced time or is unavailable to bowl at the scheduled time, the alternate in that division bowls. The unavailable bowler is disqualified. The alternate assumes the 6th place seed and the other seeds are advanced accordingly.
5. Prior to the first round, bowlers will have 10 minutes of practice on any or all of the 6 lanes assigned to his/her division; no other practice balls are allowed on subsequent lanes and/or matches. Any claims of error must be submitted to the Seattle Espresso Cup Tournament Director prior to the start of the next match. In the case of an error in the final match, within thirty (30) minutes of the end of the final match.
6. Scratch Masters will be a single elimination “Shoot Out” competition in each division as follows:
In Round 1, all 6 bowlers bowl three games. Players will switch lanes after each game. No bonus pins are awarded. The three game series will be calculated and the top 4 bowlers in each division will advance.
Round 2 will be a single game elimination. The 4 remaining bowlers will bowl one game and the top three bowlers will advance to the next round. Advancement is based off the round 2 game and not a cumulative score.
Round 3 will be a single game elimination. The 3 remaining bowlers will bowl one game and the top two bowlers will advance to the finals. Advancement is based off the round 3 game and not a cumulative score. The eliminated player is the third place finisher.
The two remaining bowlers will bowl one final game head to head to determine 1st and 2nd places in each division.
Optional Scratch Rules
Optional Scratch events are available for all participants using the following entering average divisions:
Division A: Averages 210 and above
Division B: Averages 190-209
Division C: Averages 170-189
Division D: Averages 150-169
Division E: Averages 149 and under
Optional Scratch entry fee is $25 for all divisions. Scratch scores (without handicap) from the events in the tournament will be used to determine the winners. The Optional Scratch Awards shall be divided into three separate categories within each division: Highest Single Scratch Game (from any of the events); Highest Scratch Series (from any of the events, three games required); and Highest Scratch All Events (from the nine game total of all three events).